david peaston

*Today we learned the sad news of Gospel singer David Peaston passing away at the young age of 54.*

Peaston was diagnosed with diabetes and had his legs amputated, forcing him to use prosthesis.

Details of his death are not available yet.

But, considering many don’t know much about this Gospel legend, we wanted to provide the top 10 facts you didn’t know about Peaston.

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1. Where was he born?

Peaston was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1957.

2. Family of Singers

Peaston’s mother, Martha Bass, was a member of The Clara Ward Singers gospel group. His older sister is R&B/soul singer Fontella Bass. They recorded a gospel album with Fontella and Martha Bass entitled Promises: A Family Portrait Of Faith.

3. Showtime at the Apollo?

In the late 1980s, Peaston won several competitions on the Showtime at the Apollo television show, winning over the audience with a powerful rendition of “God Bless the Child.”

4. Soul Train Music Award Winner

Peaston won a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist.

5. Schoolteacher

Many don’t know that Peaston was a teacher before he became a Gospel singer.

6. Big City of Dreams

Peaston was laid off as a teacher and then decided to move to NYC to pursue his dreams.

7. Billboard Singles.

Peaston had six singles that charted on the Billboard R&B/Gospel charts.

8. Albums.

  • Introducing…David Peaston (1988)
  • Mixed Emotions (1991)
  • Song Book: Songs of Soul & Inspiration

9. Diabetes and Leg Amputation

Peaston has since been diagnosed with diabetes and had his legs amputated, forcing him to use prosthesis.

10. Last Album

David Peaston returned to music with his album, Song Book: Songs of Soul & Inspiration in 2006.